With representation from the court, the field, and the pool, McMaster Athletics will introduce four stellar athletes and one outstanding coach who will be inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Entering the Hall this year are: Sarah Cameron, ’02, basketball; Ryan Janzen, ’00, football; Joanne Malar, ’02, swimming; Peter Preocanin, ’92, volleyball; Tom Casey, coach – men’s soccer.
The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be part of the McMaster Celebration of Sport event, scheduled for Friday, October 12.
In a year that saw the Summer Olympics capture imaginations world-wide, it is appropriate that one of this year’s inductees, Malar, was a member of three Canadian Olympic teams, and served as a commentator at this year’s London Games.
One of Canada’s top medley swimmers, the Hamilton native spent three record-setting seasons at McMaster. As of 2012, she still holds Ontario University Athletics records in the 200M and 400M individual medley events.
McMaster captured the OUA Championship in all three years she competed as a varsity swimmer. Her varsity career was highlighted by eight gold medals won at the OUA finals, and seven gold medals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships. In both 1995 and 1996, Malar was recognized as the CIS swimmer of the year and she was named McMaster’s Female Athlete of the Year.
She was a three-time Canadian Olympian, competing at the Summer Games in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
Peter Preocanin becomes the first men’s volleyball player ever to be enshrined in the hall of fame. He was a team stalwart over his five-year varsity career. While playing for the Maroon from 1987 to 1992, Preocanin became the first Marauder to be named an OUA All-Star five times.
He led McMaster to the OUA West division title in 1991 and the program’s first OUA Championship in 1992, which were also the first years that McMaster qualified to play in the national championship tournament.
A Hamilton native and graduate of Hill Park high school, Preocanin ended his varsity career by being named a CIS All-Canadian in 1992.
Making an impact from the day she stepped on the court, Sarah Cameron had an illustrious four-year career in Maroon. Playing from 1998 to 2002, the native of Sault Ste. Marie was a major contributor to McMaster’s first-ever OUA women’s basketball championship in 1999.
Over her varsity tenure, Cameron was recognized as an OUA All-Star every season. She graduated as the Marauders’ all-time leader in rebounding and was ranked sixth among career rebound leaders for the OUA. She was a leader in building a culture of winning at McMaster and played in three CIS National tournaments in four years.
Cameron also later spent one season as a member of the Marauder coaching staff.
A record-setting wide receiver for the Marauders, Ryan Janzen, helped the football program grow from an also-ran into a national contender. Janzen was a four-time OUA All-Star and a two-time CIS All-Canadian over his five varsity seasons.
In 2000, he was a key member of McMaster’s first-ever Yates Cup OUA Championship team. Originally from Port Elgin, he graduated as the OUA and CIS all-time leader in receiving yards for a career, and as the OUA leader for receiving yards in a season. Recognized as a member of the Marauder Team of the Decade for the 1990s, Janzen was also named to McMaster’s Football Team of the Century from 1900 to 1999.
After joining the program in 1991, long-time Hamilton resident Tom Casey turned the McMaster men’s soccer team into one of the premier programs in Canada. He guided the Marauders to an OUA Championship in 1992, two CIS Silver medals in 1991 and 1992, and a CIS Bronze medal in 1994.
Recognized as the OUA West division Coach of the Year four times, Casey was also the 1995 CIS Coach of the Year, after his McMaster team went undefeated in league play. In total, Casey spent 17 years on the Marauder sideline and he coached the Marauders to four CIS National tournaments, where they won three medals.